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Poster: rkstevens Date: Oct 13, 2006 11:28am
Forum: movies Subject: Use of music from Public Domain films

Is the music in Public Domain films usable independently in any way the user wishes? If not, what restrictions are there?

Thanks,
kevin

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBridgewater Video Date: Oct 19, 2006 1:49pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Use of music from Public Domain films

Hi Kevin, I am just an Archive user like you. I am not a lawyer and you should take my opinion with a grain of salt.
Still, since nobody has replied to this in a week I thought I would kick in. Here goes. "In my opinion" You can probably feel safe when you use a soundtrack that actually comes from the part of the Archive marked "Prelingers Archive". My impression is that the 1900 or so titles found in that part of the Archive has been researched by Prelingers and Getty images and is truly "Public Domain". The material found in other parts of the Archive may be suspect. Material found in the "Open Sources" part of the Archive as an example, are placed there by the general public and may be under copyright no matter how the item is tagged. If you see a video with a song, and the song was played heavily on the radio in the last decade or two, common sense says it may very well still be under copyright even if the poster puts "Public Domain" on the video. I suggest that when in doubt, don't use it. Of course, that is just my humble opinion!